In the past eight years Mexico has made great strides in terms of improving its provision of basic social services and has maintained consistent economic growth, but key challenges remain. Chief among these is the undue influence exerted by special interest groups within the political and economic arena. Efforts at democratizing government and liberalizing the Mexican economy, while bringing many benefits to the country, have succeeded neither in diluting the power of these entrenched forces nor in making Mexicoâs markets more competitive. Reformers both within the country and outside Mexico view these two issues as the cornerstone of Mexicoâs path to sustained economic growth and development.
On June 3, 2008, the Transparency and Accountability Program convened two policy roundtables focused on ongoing efforts to improve competitiveness and facilitate access to information. The first roundtable, "Privatizing the Private Sector: Greater Competitiveness for Better Governance", focused on the business environment in Mexico.